Alum, employee, parent and ambassador….these are the many hats worn by JWU Director of Alumni Relations Lori Zabatta ’95, ’19 MBA. She has worked for her alma mater for nearly seven years. Colleagues describe Lori as “a thoughtful leader who has helped create a true sense of community among our graduates, giving credence to the phrase ‘JWU alumni family.’ She exemplifies all four of the Wildcat Way pillars, but probably pride the most as she is so proud to be an alum, proud to be part of a Legacy family, and proud to contribute to the JWU community through her work. Her Wildcat pride runs deep.”
Lori and her husband Michael reside in Coventry, Rhode Island. She has a step-son Gabriel ’18, and her son Giovanni ’22, majoring in Media & Communications Studies, is on the men’s volleyball team.
1. What new hobby would you pursue if you had more time?
Now that I am done with graduate school, I am going to start refinishing furniture. My first project will be a corner entertainment cabinet that I will be repurposing into a bar cabinet. I found my interest for this when we moved into our new home, and I refinished a dining hutch for our kitchen. I was so proud of that piece that I wanted to do more. Another hobby that I would like to pursue is learning how to write calligraphy. I hope to get started on this in the winter.
2. What’s your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island?
There are so many wonderful places to dine in RI, it is difficult to choose only one. We enjoy La Masseria and Besos in East Greenwich, as well as Figidini’s and Hemenway’s in Providence, just to name a few.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Find a career that you love. If you have that, you’ll never work a single day.
4. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of—personally and/or professionally?
Professionally, I am most proud of being able to represent the alumni community for my own alma mater. It is rewarding to be able to, along with the team, provide our alumni base with ways to stay connected and engaged with JWU.
Personally, I am most proud of being a mother to our two wonderful young men, but I am also proud that I overcame any fears that I had when I first hopped on my husband’s Harley Davidson six years ago. We have taken many road trips since then that are some of the best times of our life.
5. What’s your favorite thing about JWU?
Hands down, my colleagues. I am surrounded by a campus full of caring and friendly individuals that make JWU such an amazing place.